Tuesday, September 18, 2012

In The Hot Seat With H.C. Brown Author Rosanna Leo

Welcome Rosanna Leo!
What is your Hot New Release?
Thanks, H.C! I’m so thrilled to be here! My hot new release is entitled The Selkie. It’s a paranormal romance about a woman who has lost everything and a man who might be considered unusual, to say the least. Calan Kirk is a selkie. For those who don’t know, selkies are seal shape shifters from the Scottish Orkney islands. They can become human after removing their seal pelts. They have special abilities, such as being able to influence the weather. And they are reputed to be fabulous lovers. It is said that if a human woman is unsatisfied with her love life, she need only cry 7 tears into the sea to call an immortal selkie lover. He will love her as no mortal man can.

HC: Can you tell us a little about yourself and your books?
Sure- I’m a married mom of 2 young sons who will likely take over the world one day, thanks to their cunning brains. I’ve been writing much of my life, but have been a “published” author since last year when Liquid Silver Books made me my first offer. The Selkie is my fourth book in about 8 months…it’s been a whirlwind year and I’m loving each moment. J

HC: Have you ever used events or stories contemporary or historical  in your work?

Not much, although I do draw a lot on Greek mythology. Several of my paranormals deal with those sexy Greek gods, and I like to have a basis in the myths, but I play with the stories. My gods are never the same! I have written one contemporary so far, but like to keep things fictional.

HC: Is there anything you find particularly challenging/ rewarding about writing?

The feeling I get when I finish that last line in a manuscript is incredible, especially when I know it’s just as I wanted it. And the audience feedback has been tremendous! I so value all the comments and compliments that have come my way. Feedback is such a gift!

HC. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your current career?

Ha! Well, it changed weekly! It went from being a stewardess (because that’s what we called them in the 70’s) to being a florist, an actress, a dentist….you see what I mean. I was pretty flighty and many of those childhood ambitions never got in the way of what I ended up doing. I always wrote, but it took me a while to think I could actually be an author.

HC: Do you have a writing schedule?

Basically, I write as much as possible! Mostly Mondays/Tuesdays because those are my days off work. I work part-time at my local library, so I try hard to focus on writing when I’m not there. However, I carry my notebook with me everywhere…work, the train, all over my house, so when inspiration strikes, I’m ready!

HC: What kinds of books do you like to read?

I’m a huge fan of paranormal romance, but read contemporary and historical too. Everything from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series to Syrie James’s Nocturne. I also love me some Maya Banks and Kathy Love.

Q: What can readers expect from you in the near future?

My newest Greek god adventure will be about the god Apollo…as you’ve never seen him! All I can say, is get ready for the beach. He’s taking us to Mexico!

HC: Sounds wonderful. I’ll add some details about your hot new release.

Title: The Selkie
Release Date: Sept. 3, 2012
Author: Rosanna Leo
Author Website: www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre : Paranormal erotic romance


This was supposed to be her year. However, after losing her job and discovering her fiancé cheating, Maggie Collins has her doubts. When her grandmother dies, she hits rock bottom. Maggie travels to her grandmother’s home in Orkney, Scotland to sort through her gran’s things, only to discover the old woman has left her a seal pelt as her inheritance. She also learns that others are after the pelt.
To add to her frustration, Maggie’s dreams are filled with luscious images of a long-haired man, images that draw her to the magical beaches in Orkney. Although she’s lost her trust in men, this dream man inspires her with a lust she’s never known before.
Calan Kirk has also been dreaming. Dreaming of Maggie, the mortal woman who arouses him as no other woman ever has. Meeting her in the flesh when she arrives in Orkney is nothing short of spontaneous sexual combustion. But she is a human, and not to be trusted. He needs the seal pelt, not a red-haired temptress.
As a thief ransacks Maggie’s grandmother’s house, Maggie and Calan are thrust together. They must search for the animal skin, a mythical relic which once found, will either bring them together or rip them apart forever.

H.C. Would you like to share an excerpt?

I’d love to share an excerpt from The Selkie. Here you go:
She was attempting to stand on her wobbly legs, only to fall back down on her bottom, when she heard the sound of splashing water. Thinking it was her seal, Maggie turned to look.
Her breath caught in her throat. It wasn’t the animal at all.
It was a man. He was rising out of the waves, walking toward her. She froze. He was nude, utterly nude, and was staring at her with overflowing intimacy. As if they’d had, God help her, relations.
And she realized, with sudden panic, they’d had! In her dreams. He was the seal-man from all her sex dreams.
No. Impossible.
Her first instinct was to call for help, but there was no one near. And then she realized with frightening awareness that she didn’t want any help anyway. Glued to her spot, she couldn’t help but drink him in.
He was beautiful, if unnervingly wet and naked. He had long, shiny, brown hair that hung down past his shoulders. His face could have belonged on an ad for expensive cologne, and he had a body to match. Sculpted shoulders gave way to arms corded in muscle. His defined chest was blanketed by a smattering of sparse, brown hair that led tantalizingly to his rock-hard abs.
Maggie held her breath as her gaze traveled lower on his body, taking in trim calves and thighs a quarterback would envy. And, she noted with simultaneous hunger and horror, his penis was the biggest she’d ever had the pleasure of seeing. It was thick and long and glistening with the droplets of water that yet cascaded over his body. And it seemed to be reaching for her. She gulped, and forced herself to look back up at his face.
There was a faint glow about his skin, a shimmery aura. Dismissing it as a trick of the moonlight, she shook her head.
He was almost upon her, and his full lips were taut in a teasing grin. Maybe he was a surfer who’d lost not only his board, but his shorts in the waves. She knew she should be frantic, but wasn’t. There was something in his brown eyes that was so familiar, so soothing, even as they swept over her own body with lustful appreciation.
He stopped in front of her, and stood boldly, unashamed of his glorious nakedness. She managed to spit out one hushed word. “You.”
“You,” was his equally awed reply.

HC. What a great story I can’t wait to read this book J
Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Thanks so much for hosting me HC!! Such a blast!

  2. You were asked some great question, and I loved reading your answers :) Best wishes on your release and a bazillion sales!

    1. Thank you so much Sheri! HC did have some great questions!

  3. Sounds like those selkies could ruin a woman for mortal men :-)